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    Sale 7534

    Old Master Prints

    4 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 225

    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

    Saint Jerome beside a Pollard Willow (B., Holl. 103; H. 232)

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    Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
    Saint Jerome beside a Pollard Willow (B., Holl. 103; H. 232)
    etching with drypoint, 1648, a fine impression of the second, final state, with considerable burr, countermark WK, the upper sheet edge and corners made up, similar repairs to the right and lower sheet edges, a short tear at the lower edge, several pinholes and thin spots on the reverse, a soft crease across the upper right, lesser defects, framed
    S. 180 x 132 mm.


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    'A tree study with Saint Jerome thrown in' is how A.M. Hind described this stunning print. It was common in the Northern European tradition to represent the saint with a dead tree and crucifix, an association made more meaningful here by the flowering branch growing directly over the saint as a symbol of regeneration. In the foreground the rushes and water have been drawn in with drypoint. The enclosed bower, which surrounds the Saint, is given seclusion by the addition of high rocks and a waterfall some distance behind. It is a place of rural peace, undisturbed by the noise of humanity.

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    Provenance

    J. W. Bender (cf. L. 1555).
    Alan G. Thomas (not in L.), his sale, Sotheby's London, 21st April, 1960, lot 114.
    (both according to information on the backboard).